Strawberry Hill is "an open grove through which you see a field which is bounded by a serpentine wood of all kind of trees and flowering shrubs and flowers." Although the former water meadows of Strawberry Hill that separated the gardens from the Thames have now been developed, the core of the gardens remains intact. The development of the gardens and landscaping of the grounds started at Strawberry Hill when Horace Walpole acquired the property in 1747 and continued until his death in 1797. Further additions to the gardens were made during the 19th century, most notably during the occupation by Lady Waldegrave, but it is Walpole's intervention that provides the greatest significance and interest. Explore the 18th Century Garden through this lecture, taking in the 'goose-foot' trio of avenues to the famous veteran trees of Strawberry Hill to find the 'gaiety in nature' that Walpole describes at Strawberry Hill and that is still present today.

Henrietta Gentilli has been both a city and country gardener for 40 years and is trained and practising as a garden designer for the last 16 years. She has worked with local horticulture institutions such as Roots and Shoots and Thrive and is an advisor to local community gardens. She is part of the curatorial team for The Garden Museum, Lambeth and is a member of Strawberry Hill's Garden Advisory Group.

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  • Each 20-minute talk will be delivered using Zoom and will begin at 7 p.m. They will be chaired by Professor Judith Hawley of the Department of English 17th and 18th Century Literature and Culture at Royal Holloway, University of London. Time will be allowed for questions and answers at the end. The events will end at or before 8 pm. Attendees will be sent a Zoom link by email about an hour before each talk begins.
  • Tickets are free but we encourage you to make a £5 donation for each talk, if you are able, which will be divided equally between the nine participating organisations. You can book your place at TicketSource.

These events are supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.



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